Ecclesiastes 1:15
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New International Version
What is crooked cannot be straightened; what is lacking cannot be counted.

King James Bible
That which is crooked cannot be made straight: and that which is wanting cannot be numbered.

Darby Bible Translation
That which is crooked cannot be made straight; and that which is wanting cannot be numbered.

World English Bible
That which is crooked can't be made straight; and that which is lacking can't be counted.

Young's Literal Translation
A crooked thing one is not able to make straight, and a lacking thing is not able to be numbered.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

That which is crooked cannot be made straight - There are many apparent irregularities and anomalies in nature for which we cannot account; and there are many defects that cannot be supplied. This is the impression from a general view of nature; but the more we study and investigate its operations, the more we shall be convinced that all is a consecutive and well-ordered whole; and that in the chain of nature not one link is broken, deficient, or lost.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Ecclesiastes 3:14 I know that, whatever God does, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God does it...

Ecclesiastes 7:12,13 For wisdom is a defense, and money is a defense: but the excellency of knowledge is, that wisdom gives life to them that have it...

Job 11:6 And that he would show you the secrets of wisdom...

Job 34:29 When he gives quietness, who then can make trouble? and when he hides his face, who then can behold him?...

Isaiah 40:4 Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the crooked shall be made straight...

Lamentations 3:37 Who is he that said, and it comes to pass, when the Lord commands it not?

Daniel 4:35 And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he does according to his will in the army of heaven...

Matthew 6:27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit to his stature?

wanting or a defect

Two views of Life
'This sore travail hath God given to the sons of man, to be exercised therewith.--ECCLES. i. 13. 'He for our profit, that we might be partakers of His holiness.'--HEBREWS xii. 10. These two texts set before us human life as it looks to two observers. The former admits that God shapes it; but to him it seems sore travail, the expenditure of much trouble and efforts; the results of which seem to be nothing beyond profitless exercise. There is an immense activity and nothing to show for it at the end
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Eusebius' Birth and Training. His Life in Cæsarea Until the Outbreak of the Persecution.
Our author was commonly known among the ancients as Eusebius of Cæsarea or Eusebius Pamphili. The former designation arose from the fact that he was bishop of the church in Cæsarea for many years; the latter from the fact that he was the intimate friend and devoted admirer of Pamphilus, a presbyter of Cæsarea and a martyr. Some such specific appellation was necessary to distinguish him from others of the same name. Smith and Wace's Dictionary of Christian Biography mentions 137
Eusebius Pamphilius—Church History

How to Make Use of Christ as the Truth, for Growth in Knowledge.
It is a commanded duty, that we grow in the knowledge of Jesus Christ, 2 Pet. iii. 18; and the knowledge of him being life eternal, John xvii. 3, and our measure of knowledge of him here being but imperfect, for we know but in part, it cannot but be an useful duty, and a desirable thing, to be growing in this knowledge. This is to walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, to be increasing in the knowledge of God, Col. i. 10. Knowledge must be added to virtue; and it layeth a ground for other Christian
John Brown (of Wamphray)—Christ The Way, The Truth, and The Life

'The fruit of the Spirit is joy.' Gal 5:52. The third fruit of justification, adoption, and sanctification, is joy in the Holy Ghost. Joy is setting the soul upon the top of a pinnacle - it is the cream of the sincere milk of the word. Spiritual joy is a sweet and delightful passion, arising from the apprehension and feeling of some good, whereby the soul is supported under present troubles, and fenced against future fear. I. It is a delightful passion. It is contrary to sorrow, which is a perturbation
Thomas Watson—A Body of Divinity

Cross References
Ecclesiastes 7:13
Consider what God has done: Who can straighten what he has made crooked?

Ecclesiastes 7:25
So I turned my mind to understand, to investigate and to search out wisdom and the scheme of things and to understand the stupidity of wickedness and the madness of folly.

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